Hi Kristina! Thanks for joining us today!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?
I have a day job as a content marketer for a technology company, so
when I’m not writing I’m either doing something for that or
working on book marketing. I don’t have a lot of free time!
On the rare chance I do have some free time, I spend it with my
family, go to the cinema with my boyfriend (especially if there’s
a new superhero film out), or bake.
WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?
When I was seven. My mum bought me a pretty notebook and I decided
it would be the perfect place to write a story. It was about a china
teacup that someone stole. I even did drawings to go with it. The
drawings are hilarious.
AS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE MOST PIVOTAL POINT
OF YOUR WRITING LIFE?
When I put What Happens in New York up for preorder. Before then
I’d been completely terrified of sharing my writing with the
world, but once it went up for preorder, all the walls of fear
started to crumble.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT CHICK LIT THAT YOU LIKE WRITING THE MOST?
I like that it’s ordinary, relatable characters in both ordinary and
extraordinary situations. Chick lit often deals with problems that
we all face; seeing these characters go through real-life dramas
makes us feel less alone and consider how different people react in
similar situations. Even the stories that deal with the most
extraordinary of themes (such as falling in love with a film star),
can still deal with everyday issues, like mental health.
I SAW ON YOUR WEBSITE THAT, WHAT HAPPENS IN NEW YORK TURNED ONE
RECENTLY. CONGRATS! WHAT’S NEXT FOR THOSE CHARACTERS AND WHAT DO
YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WRITING THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE?
Thanks! Their second story, What Happens in London, came out at the
beginning of May. Right now I’m working on a short story that will
bridge the gap between What Happens in London and book three, What
Happens in Barcelona.
In the short story, Fayth and Liam return to New York, where Fayth
deals with the aftermath of events in What Happens in London.
IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO START WRITING YOUR NEXT
BOOK, WHERE WOULD THAT BE AND WHY?
Barcelona, because that’s where book 3 is set.
IF YOU HAD 4 HOURS OF EXTRA TIME TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Write! I spend almost every spare moment I have writing, editing,
researching or note-taking. The more time I have to write, the
faster I can publish books!
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SET A STORY THAT YOU HAVEN’T DONE YET?
Australia. I adore Australia and would love to go back one day. I
have a book floating around in my head set there, but it will
probably be another 4 or 5 books before I get chance to even plot it
out fully, let alone write a first draft.
BACK TO YOUR PRESENT BOOK, WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON, HOW DID YOU
I self-published it on Kindle and included it in Kindle Unlimited.
There’s also a paperback version available.
IN WRITING YOUR BOOK, DID YOU TRAVEL ANYWHERE FOR RESEARCH?
I wish! I’ve never been to New York so all my research for that
was done online or through people who have been. I’ve visited
London a few times, so that was easier to write about. Fayth’s
family pub is a combination of one where I used to work, and one
owned by a friend’s family.
WHY WAS WRITING WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
The book deals with some themes that are close to my heart – in
particular mental health and disability. It’s really important to
me to write about mental health and make those suffering from it
feel less alone, because the less alone they feel, the less likely
they are to cut themselves off and do themselves more harm in the
Disability is important to me because my mum and grandmother are
disabled. It’s a topic that’s hardly ever written about, so I
wanted to write about it and show the different ways in which people
react, especially when it’s a young person in a wheelchair.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS AND WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?
I’ve never really thought about it, to be honest. I think the more
we train ourselves to be creative, the easier it is to come up with
new ideas. The more we convince ourselves that we must wait for
‘the muse’, the more likely we are to trap ourselves into
feeling like we’ve got writer’s block. If I told my boss I
couldn’t write content because I was waiting for ‘the muse’
he’d laugh at me!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW PROJECTS
RELEASED IN THE COMING MONTHS? IF SO, TELL US ABOUT THEM.
My focus right now is my first nonfiction book, Productivity for
Writers. It’s out at the end of September and looks at why many of
us don’t write as much as we would like to, and how to get over
the mental barriers that we often inflict on ourselves.
My side projects right now are the aforementioned short story set
between What Happens in London and What Happens in Barcelona, and a
spin-off novella about a character in a boyband.
These are the super fun get to know the author questions. Basically
similar to Would you rather. Pick 5
Q: WINTER OR SUMMER?
Q: COFFEE OR SODA?
Coffee. Preferably a vanilla latte.
Q: SAUSAGE OR BACON?
Bacon all the way.
Q: CRUISE OR RESORT?
Resort. I hate boats.
Q: YOUR LIFE IS A MOVIE WOULD YOU RATHER BE CAST FOR AN ACTION MOVIE
OR A COMEDY?
A comedy. I’m far too accident-prone for an action movie, so
it’d end up turning into a comedy anyway.